Our staff and volunteers

Our leadership team runs the charity on a voluntary, unpaid basis. We also oversee the work of our volunteers.

We are looking for new volunteers to join the team and help us bring our ideas to life. If you can spare a couple of hours a week to help us achieve our ambitions, please contact us.

Alex Ellis-White - Chief Executive and Founder

Alex Ellis-White - Chief Executive and Founder

Alex is our founder and leads the team of volunteers that develop and run the Givto service. His day job is in the NHS, where he has spent ten years leading strategic communications and engagement work for digital transformation and data programmes. He is also a volunteer director with the commercial arm of Voluntary Action Leeds which supports third sector organisations across the city. He lives near Leeds with his husband and two sons and in his spare time enjoys cooking, writing music and singing badly!

Penny Coulthard - Charity Engagement Director

Penny Coulthard - Charity Engagement Director

As the chair of a local charity, Penny knows how hard it is to raise funds and increase the profile of small charities. She loves working with teams to create a new product and roll it out to as many people as possible, so the Better Giving Partnership and Givto are the perfect opportunity. She heads up our charity engagement and general operations. She loves to escape to the fells to run or travel to remote places in her campervan Hamish.

Andrew Dicker - Communications and Marketing Director

Andrew Dicker - Communications and Marketing Director

Andrew is founder and director of award-winning brand development and digital agency GeoBrand. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a design consultant and brand strategist. Over this time, he has helped develop the identities of global organisations such as Costa Coffee and national charities such as The Wildlife Trust and London’s Air Ambulance. Andrew’s strengths lie in his ability to coordinate large creative teams to deliver brands with personality, impact, and longevity. Family, fitness, and music are also very important to Andrew. As a father his spare time will be spent at home with family or as a black belt in judo you will also find him teaching or training in the dojo.

Nick Gregory - Technical Director

Nick Gregory - Technical Director

Nick originally qualified as an electronic engineer before embarking on a career in internet technology businesses. Over the past 22 years he has helped to grow multiple startups through to acquisition, and built technology platforms across the finance, security and telecommunications sectors. Nick currently works in an IT consultancy helping FinTech companies bring their products to market. A keen technologist and self-confessed tinkerer, Nick is at his happiest solving product problems of all shapes and sizes – from selecting the perfect font to improving the performance of high-traffic payment systems.